Bad Saint

Filipino | $$

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There’s a reason that the line forms hours in advance for this Columbia Heights hotspot. But if the flavors of Filipino cuisine excite you as much as they do us, you are going to find a way to make it work.

What to eat? Every family-style dish is going to awaken you in some delicious way, the salads are colorful and crunchy, the fritters crisp and sweet, and we’re still dreaming about the depths of garlic and vinegar and coconut in the stewed meats.

Pipsqueak tip The long wait and mainly high-stool seating make this ideal only for a lone and hungry parent with time to kill and a (hopefully) sleeping baby strapped to your chest. However, you can make friends with fellow food pilgrims as you wait (or hire a line-waiter as some DC-ers have started to do), and if you come prepared with entertainment, the food and noise level are amenable to older kiddos as well. There are two booth-style “real” tables if you are lucky… here’s wishing you well!

3326 11th St NW
Washington, D.C.
Mon, Wed–Thu, Sun 5:30 PM–10:00 PM
Fri–Sat 5:30 PM–11:30 PM